The group of kids that I have this year is SO different than any other group I have ever had.
Here is the breakdown:
17 English Learners
14 of those E/L.'s are in the 1st or 2nd stage of English Acquisition (Beginners and Early Intermediates)
13 of them are still SIX YEARS OLD!
9 of them suck their thumbs! I am NOT joking!
I could go on and on with my list but the last item there, the thumb sucking is just killing me. I can't believe it.
The kids are all so trusting of me and they take me so literally. Yesterday, while getting ready to tell them a big surprise, I said "Ok, hold on to your seats now." ALL of the kids grabbed their chairs to hold on to their seats! I had to explain that it was a figure of speech. I then went on to tell them the surprise. About 5 minute later, I glanced over at a little girl and had to say "Let go of your chair _____." You don't really have to hold on to it.
How am I ever going to get these kids even close to being prepared for our state test?